‘Mnangagwa came to power through violence’

AMERICAN think-tank, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), yesterday said the weekend explosion at a Zanu PF rally in Bulawayo was confirmation that Zimbabwe’s political landscape has not yet shed off its violence culture since independence in 1980.

By NQOBANI NDLOVU

“As shocking as the development is, violence has been a constant feature of Zimbabwe’s political landscape and the prospect of violence has hung over these elections long before Saturday’s blast,” Michelle Gavin, a senior fellow for Africa Studies at the CFR said in a commentary.

“Indeed, (President Emmerson) Mnangagwa won his presidential title last November through violence. Despite widespread domestic and international support for the military’s ouster of long-time President Robert Mugabe, it was force, not popular sentiment, that enabled Mnangagwa’s ascension and the “new dispensation” in Zimbabwe,” she added.

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) founded in 1921 and specialising in US foreign policy and international affairs argued that political power in the country has often been assumed through violence and intimidation.

Gavin served as the US envoy to Botswana from 2011 to 2014, and served concurrently as the United States representative to the Southern African Development Community (Sadc).

“Of course, the politicisation of violence is a tragic part of the country’s DNA. From the horrific violence of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle, to the horrors of the Gukurahundi massacres of the 1980s (in which Mnangagwa himself is implicated), to the beatings, torture and killing of political opponents of Mugabe’s regime in 2008 and beyond, political power has been sought and maintained through violence and intimidation.

“Turning the page on this history would require a real reckoning with the past that, thus far, has proved unappealing to the powers that be,” Gavin added.

Mnangagwa escaped unhurt after the explosion that has claimed two lives, and left 47 others injured including his deputy Kembo Mohadi. Police maintain no arrests have been made, but Southern Eye has it on good authority that several youths from Bulawayo have been picked-up and released after questioning.

Zimbabwe has a questionable human rights record emanating from violent episodes that have gripped the country, dating back from independence in 1980.

Thousands have been killed, injured and displaced in the violent episodes, with Gukurahundi being cited as one of the worst owing to the scale of magnitude of deaths, with reports saying over 20 000 people were left dead.

Gavin added: “Ultimately, one does not need to engage in wild speculation to conclude that this latest event undermines citizens’ confidence that the country’s future will be determined by their electoral choices, and not the desires of those willing and able to force their will on the country.”

35 Comments

  1. Nothing new. Many great nations have been forged out of violence, civil strife and outright war. The United states has gone through a war of independence(1775-1783) and even civil war(1861-1865). Oliver Cromwell staged a coup in England and executed the king in 1649 during the English civil war. Germany, Russia, China, Italy, Spain and many other great nations you can think of have experienced violent revolutions and brutal dictatorships. Violence is not part of our DNA and neither is it peculiar to us. We are a young nation and regrettable mistakes have been made and will certainly be made in nation building.

  2. Nothing new. Many great nations have been forged out of violence, civil strife and outright war. The United states has gone through a war of independence(1775-1783) and even civil war(1861-1865). Oliver Cromwell staged a coup in England and executed the king in 1649 during the English civil war. Germany, Russia, China, Italy, Spain and many other great nations you can think of have experienced violent revolutions and brutal dictatorships. Violence is not part of our DNA and neither is it peculiar to us. We are a young nation and regrettable mistakes have been and will certainly be made in nation building.

    1. Definitely nothing new here. It’s a banal observation suiting the American political narrative of supposed political superiority. Raw figures show that thousands of Americans die from violence each year and the number of such deaths in Zimbabwe is negligible and pales into insignificance in comparison.

  3. Just do what is good only rather than making life comparison,it doesn’t work like that. Shallow minded zimbabweans.

  4. Vana ED Mnangagwa vakauraya vanhu vakawanda imi,nekudaro mweya yevafi ivavo hamufanirwi kuwana rugare muhupenyu hwenyu hwese.

    1. this is just an american idiot who cannot uphold facts…how can he combine the bombing ED and respect of vote outcome for instance..These are collegues of MDC Chamisa who always want sanctions to ruin livelihood of ordinary poor pple for their personnal political gains………..

      1. Django Django

        the nxt thing is vachaita introduce regime change agenda so as to gain personal glory and ambitions and neo colonialism nxaaa

    2. What about the genocide committed on Native Americans committed by white settlers?

    3. ngozi yakaitwa nemadzitateguru ako usati watombofungirwa kuzovapo ndoyawakuripa nhasi handivhunduki uchiisa maComments akadai nokut u dnt have logic in ur comments ……

  5. this is just an american idiot who cannot uphold facts…how can he combine the bombing ED and respect of vote outcome for instance….These are collegues of MDC Chamisa who always want sanctions to ruin livelihood of ordinary poor pple for their personnal political gains..

  6. One thing that I still cant figure out is why has Zimbabwe been treated so differently by the west, in comparison to other African countries where there has been worse political violence resulting in thousands dying. I s it because of the 10 white farmers who were killed during the land invasions, because if you didn’t care for the thousands that died in Kenya and Nigerian political violence, you certainly don’t care about a few hundreds killed in Zimbabwe that led to imposition of sanctions, let alone one Itai Dzamara. So stop pretending you care our lives because we all know too well that black lives don’t matter to the Americans.

  7. kid marongorongo

    hatina kana shungu nazvo izvo zvekuti aka pinda sei ko iye akadzingwa sei. pamperi naED

  8. viruss vigoroso

    we all marched on the 17th of November across the entire country. i still wonder how we now come back and claim ED came through violence. rubbish

  9. even chamisa, tsvangirai, mujuru and biti we holding up posters written, thank you general chiwenga. nhasi voti there was violence… these guys should grow up and work on building zimbabwe under the people’s choice… #edforzim

  10. as the entire operation restore legacy unfolded, not even a single windowpane was broken. yet still some dogs still bark claiming there was violence. shame on you. ED is legit

  11. these are statements evanhu vakuda kungonzi vataura. im not zanu but the truth is the operation restore legacy was smooth

  12. people fear ED… now they are they are busy attacking him using the media. shame shame, zvimwe zvinhu nyaraiwo varume

  13. hondo zvenyika

    american think tanks kudiiko the same ppl who ushered slave trade and underdeveloped Africa …. African solutions to African problems pliz nxaaa

  14. Its clear to all of us ukuthi abantu babengasamfuni uMugabe thus why everyone marched for it so I wonder nxa usithi ED used violence, he used violence ngaphi

  15. People do not know the definition of “violence”..!The whole process didn’t affect anyone yet alone many people were part and parcel of the march during operation restore legacy and this means that people were infavour of everything taking place

  16. ED is a man of peace and peace is not defined by silence through out there is a point you need to show that being peaceful does not mean that you should have to leave your country being bull dozed into calamity.ED and his crew did a wonderful job last year since ana zodwa na kule were now operating zimbabwe like a rural grinding mill.

  17. 😂😂😂😂waze wangichaza scelani lisitshengise lapho asebenzisa khona iviolence😂😂

  18. Aladin Aladin

    it was a good decision at least we are in a better mood ED you worth leading our beloved Zimbabwe

  19. Aladin Aladin

    mnangagwa haangafadzi munhu wese asi at least akagona guys jealousy down ED is better than everyone in zimbabwe he has shown us his political maturity.

  20. Washaya zvekutaura iwe…muchatishupa violence yakashandiswa pai

  21. E.D is for the people and he is always preaching peace how come someone can come up with all these lies?,,,I hope people will see the President the way I see him

  22. Kana washaya zvekuita muka ubike doro😂😂

  23. Farai Johnson Nhire

    Americans like Gavin have no business lecturing Zimbabweans on human rights, free and fair elections and other things. If any nation on earth needs to be taught about free and fair elections, It is the USA. It is no secret that in the United States, the states that are composed of blacks as a majority are alloted the least number of Electroral Colledge Votes and only the United States authorities know the reason why. America is a very good friend of Saud Arabia whose all dictionaries do not contain the word elections. United States supplies the best of millitary weapons to Israel which ocupies palestinian land and continue to buldoze palestinian civillian homes grabbing their land and nobody cares. So, Mr Gavin, charity begins at home. You have a lot to lecture to Donald and company before you come to Zimbabwe.

  24. waaa haaaampuuu madala aaaa ED maenda nenyika ini handioni kushaisha kwenyu ini asi kutoti vanhu vakaipa (mhanduuu) dzinoda kutokuurayayi

  25. Even S.B Moyo wani vakataura kuti the President at safe that time and people were not allowed to go near him dai yairi violence yakaitika PAYE dai kaMudhara Bob kakaurayiwa😂

  26. Today you now blaming the army yet you alll rallied behind it to topple down sekuru vainge vashupa come on imi tikwanirei wasnt it a collective approach for zimbabweans to remove the mugabeism tradition in zimbabwe may Yahwe bless ED .

  27. good people zimbabwe is for us all and we are all accountable for a change we brought in Zim last year

  28. Did America gain independence from Britain peacefully?? Wat about the American civil war??

  29. Its not time to talk about violence as if we want to invest in it, its time to mention development and peace. That begins with you the writer of the article. If we ever could narrow towards your point of view that is too pessimistic, we are likely to fish out the idea that you find comfort in bias. Your publication is one sided.:: period ::

  30. The bomb blast is shameful but we can not say there is violence in Zimbabwe, the environment is safe for elections

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